“If you don’t vote, you lose the right to complain.” – Anonymous
The 2018 Midterm Elections are less than two months away and the results of this election determine the political direction of this country. Our power lies within our votes, which is why we have to make sure that we are using our power for the right people! Be sure to show up at the polls on November 6, 2018 to cast your vote for the person you believe will point this country in the right direction. Still need help deciding who to vote for? Check out the comparison table of the candidates by popular issues for U.S. Senate and Governor of Texas.
Guide to 2018 Texas Midterm Elections
Texas U. S. Senator Candidates on Popular Issues
|Ted Cruz (Republican)||Beto O'Rourke (Democrat)||Neal M. Dikeman (Liberal)|
|Gay Marriage||Opposes gay marriage and believes the Supreme Court gay rights ruling undermines the constitution||Supports gay marriage. Believes marriage equality is a core civil rights issue.||Believes the government should not restrict marriage to only some citizens.|
|Gun Control||Does not support gun-control legislation||Supports gun-control legislation||Does not support gun-control legislation|
|Immigration||Supports the Mexican border wall and is against the DACA Program & DREAMers||Supports the DREAM Act and comprehensive reform.||Supports improving immigration and clearly defined pathways for immigration and for citizenship|
|Economy||Supports lowering corporate taxes to promote economic growth||Supports lowering corporate taxes and using federal spending to promote economic growth||Supports zero-based budgeting on all spending, including defense and non- discretionary, and two-year budgets|
|Health Care||Supports repealing Obamacare's Affordable Care Act||Supports upholding Obamacare's Affordable Care Act||Desires a free-market "million-payer" based healthcare system.|
|Tax Reform||Supports eliminating payroll tax, death tax, business tax, and abolishing the IRS. Wants to adopt a single-rate tax system.||Believes that the GOP tax plan helps rich & hurts middle class||Supports simplifying and lowering overall and marginal tax rates|
|Trade||Supports free trade and wants to end the Export-Import Bank||Promote trade that is fair to workers in Texas and across the country.||Supports free trade and wants to ensure that America maintains a balanced budget so that we are not financially captive to other countries|
|Marijuana||Supports the states' right to legalize marijuana||Supports the legalization of marijuana||Unknown, but desires to end the failed drug war.|
Texas Governor Candidates on Popular Issues
|Greg Abbott (Republican)||Lupe Valdez (Democrat)||Mark Jay Tippetts (Liberal)|
|Gay Marriage||Supports limiting gay marriage and believes employee benefits to same-sex couples should be abolished||As a part of the LGBTQ community herself, Lupe highly supports gay marriage rights||Supports gay rights|
|Gun Control||Supports the right to bear arms||Supports the right to bear arms but desires a stricter background check for gun sales||Supports the right to bear arms|
|Immigration||Desires to improve the immigration system and supports tight border control||Supports |
a "happy medium" in regards to immigration
|Opposed the Mexican border wall|
|Economy||Believes that we need a constitutional amendment that limits the growth of the state budget to population growth plus inflation||Desires to increase the minimum wage in Texas to $12-$15 an hour||Supports free market sustainability and believes that the government should not take your tax money to grow the economy because that is unfair and unsustainable|
|Health Care||Opposes Obamacare. Supports governors having power over health insurance plans, which means loss of coverage and increasing costs for states with governors that oppose healthcare expansion||Desires to expand access to critical healthcare in rural communities and to accept the $9 billion dollar Medicaid expansion.||Believes that government should neither provide, control, nor require health care.|
|Tax Reform||Supports tax relief and lowering property taxes||Does not support state income taxes, but is open to raising taxes if necessary||Advocates the reduction of taxation to the lowest feasible level|
|Marijuana||Supports decriminalizing marijuana||Supports legalizing marijuana||Supports marijuana liberation and believes that imprisoning people for marijuana has resulted in a diversion of law enforcement resources|
|Trade||Supports NAFTA and opposed Trump's trade policy||Unknown, but supports a competitive global economy||Supports eliminating barriers to free market construction|
For additional positions and candidates on the ballot for your local elections, visit the Texas Secretary of State Ballot Report and choose your city.
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